I was strictly against getting a puppy. Seriously, so strictly against getting even one of those cute little newborn puppies who just lick you and love you all day.
I knew that you had to train them, feed them, and clean up after them. Even though I thought that was all you had to do, I still didn’t want one because that was still just too much to add to having Little A.
Mainly I didn’t want to clean shit off the carpet… Ew. Just Ew. I already clean it off so many butts at work and off of Little A… I didn’t want to pick it up off a floor.
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Clearly since I’m writing this post, I caved on getting a dog…
Jacob showed me the cutest little Blue Pit puppy he found.
I’ve always wanted a Blue Pit since I was about a pre-teen.
Up until then I always said I wanted a chihuahua.
Now I laugh at myself. HAHA! #anklebiter
I told my fiancé which puppy I liked between the 2 he showed me and he said he liked the opposite because it looked meaner with the way her face was. The whole point of getting a pit is for protection for this family. So we wanted something that looked ferocious. My argument: “but the other is so much cuter!”
So I told him I would put my hand in-between the two and whichever showed interest in me, we would get it.
Fast-forward to riding in the truck for about an hour or more then waiting to get into the mall parking lot where we were going to pick her up at – it was December 23rd. Two days before Christmas… & we agreed to meet him in a mall parking lot….
Never do that people. NEVER!
So when we finally got to see the puppies, I did what I said I would. I put my hand between the two. The cute normal looking one pushed it away and the “vicious” looking one licked me so obviously we got the one he wanted.
Funny thing was though, in light and in person, she didn’t look so vicious. At all.
I mean just look at her face!!! ♥
We got her at about 6 weeks, that’s basically newborn puppy age. Right? That’s where all the hard work and training comes in apparently. Where you have to buy them real food, start training them, etc.
See how much that sounds like an infant? Except infants start being fed “real” food around 6 months.
To me, Maze was one of those cute little newborn puppies. She was just like a newborn baby. She was fragile & she was adorable. I didn’t want people to touch her because I didn’t want them to break her. Also, I had that “mom stinginess” that I had with Little A. I didn’t want anyone to touch her. She was MINE!
Just like a newborn, the smallness lasted for all of what seems like… a week.
Maze is now 12 weeks old and is growing SO fast. Just look how big she is now! Breaks my heart. Just like when Little A was a newborn and that stage was over so quickly.
She is also learning stuff super fast.
So far she can sit, give paw, lay, & roll over.
She will also stay for the most part if I keep repeating it while giving her food and then I say “come get it” and she runs to devour it.
But how are newborn puppies just like newborns ((the humans))??
I know that’s why you’re here, so let’s get into it!
How Newborn Puppies are Like Newborn Babies:
1. Not Potty Trained
I already mentioned that this was the top reason I didn’t want a puppy. Because they’re not potty trained. I have to admit though, they’re so much easier to train than a baby. We have had Maze a little over a month and she has almost caught on. The only problem is that when it is cold, she will absolutely refuse to go outside and run and hide to go and try to get away with it. WRONG!
2. Newborn Puppies Sleep All The Time
Yes! I did not know this. Maze does almost nothing but sleep. No she does not have worms, we have already gotten rid of them. She is just growing & apparently they sleep a lot because they grow too. When I pictured a puppy, I pictured them being rambunctious and running everywhere all the time wearing me out even more. Nope. They apparently sleep in about the same 2-3 hour intervals that newborn babies do. & they sleep through the night! (Quicker than newborns – not when you first get them.)
3. Shots & Doctors Visits
I seriously had no idea just now many shots newborn puppies needed to get! The first time I took her, she was given a 100% medication for worms and we went back a few weeks later for her puppy booster. Then he told me she had to come in every 3-4 weeks for the booster until about 20 weeks and then one more time for (I think) a rabies shot and she would be done with shots for a while. However, I did NOT think newborn puppies had to go to the vet as much as they actually do.
4. Wakes Up During the Night
For about the first 3 or 4 weeks that we had her, she would wake up like approximately every 3 – 4 hours to go outside and pee. I’m assuming her bladder has gotten larger so now she waits until about 9am or 9:30 to wake me up and go outside. So like I said in #2, they sleep through the night quicker than newborns, but it’s not instant! I do like that they don’t want to pee or poop where they sleep though. So waking up to go out is much easier that cleaning a messy crate.
5. Always Needs to be Held
Maze is an attention whore. Seriously. She always wants to be held by someone. If I am working on writing a post on the couch, she will jump on the couch, climb in my lap and lay her head on my computer. As a newborn, Little A literally always needed to be held. I remember nights that I would have to hold her on my chest in the recliner to get some sleep because she needed to feel comforted and be held all the time.
6. Eats all the Time / Chews on Everything / Eats Off the Floor
I knew that newborn puppies would chew up their toys, but I was not prepared for Maze to chew on everything, like the coffee table. Or eat anything off the floor! Just like a newborn, I have to try to watch her and make sure she doesn’t eat anything she isn’t supposed to! However, newborn babies, when they are teething they want to chew on everything. When they hit toddler age, they start eating off the floor. Basically. “Oh a week old cheerio behind the couch? I’m eating that!” – Said the Toddlers & Newborn Puppies.
However, with her eating all the time, I am at least happy that we found a really good dog food that she loves.
We tried 2 different kinds before this one. She was never as happy to eat it. We get her Nutrish DISH by Rachael Ray. I absolutely love that it’s grain free (that messes up her belly) and it’s actually got real food in it. I pair it with Nutrish Wet Dog Food when she is being good and she acts like a kid in a candy shop!
No, this post is not sponsored by Nutrish. I just genuinely love their products.
Now back to why you’re here!
7. No Bathroom Privacy
When Little A was a newborn, I brought her with me everywhere. I was so scared that something would happen, even if I just went to the bathroom. Then from there she welcomes herself into the bathroom every time I’m in there. Well, now I have an audience of 2. Maze also has to be in there (even if Little A is not) She sits right below my feet and waits for me to get done. How weird is that!?
8. Everyone Tries to Give You Advice
Yes! I saved the best for last. The most annoying of them all. With Little A, everyone tried to give me advice. I didn’t need it. Seriously, I was with her 24/7 and I knew her better than anyone. I knew that if something didn’t work, try something else. But people still felt the need to tell me stuff I already know.
Same with a puppy. I didn’t know that people were also so knowledgeable on other people’s dogs. I am raising my dog to my liking. Just like I did my baby. I know she had worms. Most newborn puppies do. I know that she can and will get muscular. That’s why from the get-go I have been working on training her to listen to me and she does. I do not need anyone else’s expert opinion on how I want to raise my puppy. Just like I didn’t need it when I raised MY little girl.
9. Everyone Needs To Tell You How Cute They Are
If I take our little Maze out in public, it’s just like I have a newborn baby. Everyone has to stop you and tell you how cute they are. This causes my anxiety to kick in and I don’t know what to say. I just say thanks and I’m never sure how to end the conversation so at some point I just walk off.
10. They Need All The Toys!
Maze is spoiled. If I had more money, then I’m positive she would have so much stuff she wouldn’t know what to do with it. But for now, she has 2 beds, one for the crate and one for the living room. She has her favorite squeaky ball, she has her favorite rope for playing “tug a war” and she has her snowman that crinkles. Those are her three favorite toys. Until I can find one to top these though, I won’t spoil her with more, yet. 😉
As you can tell, newborn puppies are literally just like having a newborn baby. Except they break you heart and grow at like 5x the rate of a newborn. However, if I could go back and change something, I wouldn’t.
I love my little Maze and I am so happy that Little A has a puppy that is so protective over her. Maze has to visit her first thing in the morning and sniff around her door at night. When Little A gets up, so will her puppy and she’s right at her heels. Whenever Little A cries, she will go to lick her. If the two play, they play like siblings. I seriously love watching them. I am so happy that Jacob found this little puppy. She was ment to be our forever-until-she-sadly-passes dog. Because for some reason, dogs can’t last 80 years… They need to work on a cure for that.
Feel free to tell me stories of your fur babies.
(Pictures welcome! I love all the fur babies.)
I am also open to any thoughts/comments you have on this post.
Just drop them below!